Fire-damaged house demolished

Theresa Jones' half-burned home at 4825 13th Ave. was demolished without charge Thursday by the Reaves Wrecking crew of Frankie Eskridge, Charles Ingram and Sedrick Alexander.

Now an assortment of good-hearted Columbus folks will try to build her a new one.

Columbus Council March 18 gave Jones 90 days to do something about her house, which building code inspectors condemned as unsafe to occupy after it was damaged by fire May 30, 2007. Jones, whose home was not covered by fire insurance, has no income and no car, and had been staying in the house overnight while trying to fix it up.

When her predicament was reported in the Ledger-Enquirer, people all over town volunteered to help out.

Lewis Carver drew up plans for a functional 918-square-foot home that would fit on Jones' lot in the Beallwood area north of the Manchester Expressway. Floyd Teasley of Quality First Construction volunteered to serve as the general contractor. Plumbers, electricians, roofers and other professionals also volunteered their services.

Right now those organizing the effort to aid Jones are in need of concrete for a slab foundation. Anyone interested in helping out may call Debra Huling at 706-571-0350. A bank account for donations has been established at CB&T. Contributions to the "Special Fund for Theresa Jones" can be made at any CB&T branch. The account number is 17378729.